Students in fourth grade extend their studies in Bible to focus on these doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, heaven, angels, hell, and final events. They further learn how to use Bible study tools - concordances, Bible maps and atlases, and timelines. There is also a strong emphasis on Bible memory and practical application. The curriculum used is ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible for 4th graders. Students will also have the opportunity to truly dig into God's word through our Precept study on the book of Esther.
Fourth grade students study the Saxon math program which is designed to ensure long-term mastery of standards. Mastery results from time to learn, time to process, and time to practice. Incremental lessons with hands-on activities for learning number operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, measurement, data, geometry, and fractions help students develop and retain a deep understanding of mathematics. Memorization of basic math facts continues to be emphasized. Students demonstrate problem-solving skills in learning activities of procedural skill and conceptual understanding.
Fourth graders will review all of the eight parts of speech for correct usage, memorize punctuation and capitalization rules, and practice letter writing. With the goal of efficient paragraph writing (narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive), students will have constant practice in correct sentence structure through the Shurley Method of English. Students will also learn to write with structure and style via the Institute for Excellence in Writing program.
The spelling program for fourth graders focuses on vocabulary. Students learn to use words correctly in spoken and written language and learn spelling rules that will enable them to spell more words. They spell and use the words by looking at context and correct forms of the root. The spelling curriculum is from Vocabulary Workshop program by Sadlier Oxford.
Students will explore God’s wonderful creation through a study of ecosystems, insects, plants, force and machines, electricity and magnetism, light, the moon, water and oceans, weathering and erosion, natural resources, digestion, and bones and muscles. The students also develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities and projects. Science curriculum comes from Bob Jones University Press.
Fourth grade reading skills (literal, interpretive, creative, and critical) will be taught through the study of classical novels. Vocabulary building will also be emphasized through the use of these novels. A strong
emphasis is placed on the development of independent reading comprehension and higher-level thinking skills. Book reports with combined activity projects are assigned throughout the year to encourage fourth graders to expand their love for a wide variety of books. Genres of books explored include biographies about missionaries, nonfiction, and historical fiction.
Fourth graders will cover the first 5000 years of civilization. Students will be taken on a journey from the Fertile Crescent to the Barbarian’s invasion of Rome. The study of Ancient Times from a Biblical perspective includes the First Nomads, Egypt, the Jewish People, Abraham and Joseph, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, the Assyrians, Ancient China, Ancient Africa, Exodus, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, and Rome. The primary world history curriculum is Mystery of History. It is supplemented by “The Story of the World" by Susan Wise Bauer and Veritas Press history resources. Geography skills are practiced via the Scholastic map skills program.